Grace, the wife of Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has stated that her husband would win even as a corpse in the next year’s poll. Mugabe, who will turn 93 on Tuesday, has slowed down on public engagements, while his 51-year-old wife has become increasingly visible in political circles.
Grace made the declaration while addressing a rally of the governing Zanu-PF party in Buhera, south-east of the capital Harare on Friday. “One day when God decides that Mugabe dies, we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper.
“You will see people voting for Mugabe as a corpse. I am seriously telling you, just to show people how people love their president”, she said. Grace Mugabe accused some ruling ZANU-PF party officials of plotting to take over from her husband.
She said the officials, some from the era of guerrilla war against white rule, cannot take power from Mugabe because they too were old. “Anyone who was with Mugabe in 1980 has no right to tell him he is old. If you want Mugabe to go, then you leave together.
“You also have to leave. Then we take over because we were not there in 1980,” Grace said, pointing to herself. Mugabe, who declared he wants to live until 100 and rule till that age, has governed Zimbabwe since the end of white-majority rule in 1980 following a bloody war.